iPad2 in South Africa: On Sale 29 April 2011
No, not a year later. Not even six months later. Just three months after the US release of the iPad 2, Apples’ benchmark setting tablet device, South Africans can expect to pick up the new version 2 iPad from local retailers from tomorrow, 29 April 2011. And at competitive prices with local authorised support, iPadders country-wide are going to be spending the coming May Day long weekend in a near state of nirvana.
As we reported here, the first version of the iPad was only made available to South African consumers in January this year, almost a year after the devices’ release. So the fact that we are receiving the iPad 2 just a short three months later, and at the same time as a number of other territories (Hong Kong, India, Israel, Macau, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates also all have Friday, 29 April set as the release date for the iPad 2 in their areas) speaks volumes for the attention that Core Group has paid to its critics here. (It perhaps also indicates that the strategy of trying to get consumers to buy the version 1 device when all were aware of the imminent release of version 2 may not have gone entirely to plan…)
What are the iPad 2 Prices?
Around R500 – R600 higher than the comparable iPad 1 prices at some distributors. The determinant of the price difference is simply in the storage capacity of the device you choose – all other features are identical across the range. The Core Groups’ recommend pricing levels for the iPad 2 with Wi-Fi range from R4,400 to R6,400, whilst adding 3G connectivity to your iPad 2 will cost you between R5,600 and R7,600. Here’s a full breakdown of the models and prices:
(Note: These are suggested retail prices from Core Group. Resellers are responsible for determining their own prices for the resale of products. These are suggestions only and the resellers are entirely free to determine the actual prices at which products will be sold.)
What are the iPad 2 Features?
There are many. Too many to list here.
Two cameras for FaceTime and HD video recording. The dual-core A5 chip. A claimed (and reported) 10-hour battery life. All in a thinner, lighter design than the original. Multi-touch capability. The newest iOS 4 operating system. Even a LED backlit display with accelerated graphics on board. You’ll find a good marketing-speak description of most of the new features here: http://images.apple.com/ipad/features/
Basic iPad 2 Features:
- 9.7-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit display with IPS technology
- Dual-core A5 chip
- Front and back cameras
- Up to 10 hours of battery life
- 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi
- Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR technology
- 3G data service on Wi-Fi + 3G models
And all of the devices technical specifications are detailed right here: http://images.apple.com/ipad/specs/
There are also a bunch of additional options and features available. Like the revolutionary Smart Covers which double as a foldable stand, and the ability to link your iPad 2 directly to your HDTV for big screen use and display using a VGA adapter. Obviously, these extras are all sold separately…
Where can I buy the iPad 2 in South Africa?
According to the Core Group release, they will be relying on their existing network of Apple Stores country-wide, and will continue their established reseller relationships with both Incredible Connection and Dion Wired stores in an effort to give Apple products as wide a distribution area as possible. All the retail stores and outlets that will stock the iPad 2 from tomorrow are detailed below:
Let us know if you get one, and what your thoughts on it are!